These beautiful, handcrafted Rosary beads are made with genuine Lapis Lazuli gemstones on a copper chain. The Medallion is a Miraculous Medal – a favorite of St. Maximilian Kolbe – that prepares people to receive grace and helped them act with it. Learn more about him here.
The Miraculous Medal is a sacramental with a fascinating origin! On July 19, 1830, St. Catherine Labouré was awakened by the voice of a child calling to her from the chapel. It was the eve of the feast of St. Vincent de Paul and the Immaculata spoke to her, saying, “God wishes to charge you with a mission. You will be contradicted, but do not fear; you will have the grace to do what is necessary. Tell your spiritual director all that passes within you. Times are evil in France and in the world.”
A second apparition occurred on November 27, 1830 when the Blessed Virgin Mother returned during showed herself to the Saint during evening vespers. Our Lady appeared in an oval frame, standing upon a globe, and wearing numerous rings beset with gems that radiated light across the globe. Words were engraved inside the margins of the frame that read “Ô Marie, conçue sans péché, priez pour nous qui avons recours à vous” (“O Mary, conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.”)
The frame began to rotate, displaying a circle of twelve stars and the large letter ‘M’ surmounted by a crucifix, and styled with the Sacred Heart of Jesus crowned with thorns and the Immaculate Heart of Mary run through by a sword.
St. Catherine ask Our Lady why some of the gemstones did not radiate light and Our Lady responded, “Those are the graces people forget to ask.”
Our Lady then instructed to describe the images to her father confessor and tell him that they should be made into medallions, promising, “All who wear them will receive great graces.”
The Miraculous Medal was approved by Church and a design was commissioned from goldsmith Adrien Vachette and makes for a unique feature in this lovely set of Rosary beads.